VIPAR Heavy Duty, North America’s network of independent aftermarket truck parts distributors, has made Chris Baer its president, replacing Steve Crowley. Baer joined the organisation in 2002 as director of program management and was promoted to executive vice president in 2014. Before that, he was with Chicago Rawhide/SKF for 17 years in a variety of sales management roles, including director of automotive aftermarket sales. Baer said the organisation is growing faster rate than the aftermarket as a whole , and praised Crowley’s 16 years of leadership.
“I appreciate the confidence and trust the board of directors has shown in naming me the next leader of VIPAR Heavy Duty and our family of companies,” said Baer. “I’m excited about the team we have in place to help us continue on a strong growth path.” Meanwhile, VIPAR Heavy Duty has also appointed David Wanhala as program manager, responsible for developing initiatives with suppliers. He was previously materials manager for Illinois Blower and purchasing manager for Alma Products.